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DSS warns Nigerians against inciting ethnic violence

By Idowu Abdullahi,

As part of measures aimed at mitigating brewing Fulani, Yoruba crisis in Nigeria, the Department of State Services (DSS), has warned Nigerians against taking actions or statements capable of inciting ethnic violence across the country.

It explained that following recent insecurity challenges which nearly pitched farmers and herders against each other in some southwest states, some persons and groups have been working fervently to exploits the fault lines and cause chaos in the country.

The security agency, through its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said that with the development, the DSS earlier warning about plots to plunge the country into ethnoreligious violence was coming to hatch.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the secret service while urging Nigerians to be law-abiding and uphold good neighborliness, assured that its operatives would stop at nothing in protecting the lives and property of citizens.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby reminds the public of its earlier warnings about plans by persons and groups to exploit some fault lines to cause ethnoreligious violence in parts of the country.

“The latest developments indicate desperate efforts by these groups to subvert public order. In this regard, they have continued to resort to inciting, unguarded and divisive statements and acts. The objective is to pit citizens against one another in order to apparently inflame the embers of tribal and religious discords.

“For the umpteenth time, the Service strongly warns these elements to desist forthwith from their (planned) nefarious acts or face the full wraths of the law. However, the DSS will, in collaboration with other security and law enforcement agencies, take necessary steps to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry,” the statement said.

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